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Prince William in rescue op

THE search for five missing seamen in a rescue operation involving Prince William will resume today, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

Two men were airlifted to safety by an RAF helicopter, co-piloted by William, as a cargo vessel sank in the Irish Sea after being hit by an "enormous wave" in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Another person was later recovered from the sea and pronounced dead.

William was called into action after the Swanland issued a mayday call at around 2am when its hull cracked. He was understood to have been involved in the operation for several hours.



Great Escape is re-created

It waS immortalised by the film The Great Escape -- now experts have revealed the miracles behind the Stalag Luft breakout by recreating the famous tunnels.

Since the 1963 movie starring Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough, the escape of RAF airmen from the German prisoner of war camp has become legendary.

A team returned to the site near Zagan, Poland, and excavated the famous 'Harry' tunnel from which the allied airmen escaped on March 24, 1944.



Disney sketch valued at ¤26k

An original, autographed drawing by Walt Disney, believed to have been made about 1920 before he became famous, will go up for auction in Reno, Nevada.

The whimsical drawing of a cigar-chomping man wearing a derby hat will be among 1,400 items up for sale at the two-day auction beginning tomorrow at the Atlantis Casino Resort.

Called Fill Up My Can, the illustration, has an estimated value of ¤26,300 to ¤37,700.

It's believed to predate Disney's Mickey Mouse, which made its cartoon debut in 1928.


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